Re: [Rd] Glitch involving difftime and data frame

From: Prof Brian Ripley <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Tue 07 Sep 2004 - 08:30:36 EST


On 7 Sep 2004, Peter Dalgaard wrote:

> This looks unintentional:

Not so.

> > d <- as.Date("2004-09-07")
> > dd <- as.Date("2004-10-04")
> > data.frame(d,dd,dd-d)
> Error in as.data.frame.default(x[[i]], optional = TRUE) :
> can't coerce difftime into a data.frame
> > F <- data.frame(d,dd)
> > F$foo <- dd-d
> > cbind(F,dd-d)
> Error in as.data.frame.default(x[[i]], optional = TRUE) :
> can't coerce difftime into a data.frame
>
> Basically, the issue is that as.data.frame on a classed object expects
> to find a method and there isn't any for difftime...

Difftime depends crucially on attributes on the vector. I wasn't confident that they would be preserved as needed (and I think I had a problem example). Since then we have fixed a lot of the subsetting methods, but even so I am not 100% confident.

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